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Literary Fiction Writing

If your passion is for literary fiction, you’ll find guidelines for mastering plot, character, setting, dialogue and more right here. You’ll also get insights into selling your work and getting it published.

Fiction: Point of View

How many times have you heard this around the workshop table: “Why don’t you consider a new point of view?” (Actually, the term used more often is “POV” because it sounds a lot cooler, I suspect.) Everyone then agrees that a new POV might help matters, including the writer, who knew something was wrong and is now relieved to have a likely suspect.
by Steve Almond Read more

Principles of Building a Story

Read "Principles of Building of a Story" from From First Draft to Finished Novel. Read more

From First Draft to Finish Novel

A Writer’s Guide to Cohesive Story Building Read more

Defining and Developing Your Anti-Hero

Anti-heros are the bastards of fiction—those bad guys readers love to hate and hate to love. Find out whats makes a memorable anti-hero tick in this excerpt from Bullies, Bastards & Bitches by Jessica Page Morrell. Read more

The WD Interview: Sara Gruen

It’s hard to say which came first for author Sara Gruen—the animals or the writing, both of which have been in her life for as long as she can remember. While she spends much of the time in her North Carolina home with a menagerie of real animals (not to mention her husband and three children), it’s her fictional ones that have inspired her writing career. Read more

The Four Commandments of Writing Good Sentences

If you want to write a good sentence, don’t pay any attention to your grammar. I don’t mean “a sentence this like OK is.” I mean don’t automatically think you’ve written a good sentence just because it’s grammatically correct. Lots of bad sentences are grammatically correct. Some of these bad sentences might even be yours.

by Bonnie Trenga Read more

Challenging the Limits of Memory

In this excerpt from Writing Life Stories, Bill Roorbach teaches you how to pay attention to and translate your memories and how to overcome your resistance to remembered places and events. Read more

Publish Your First Book After 50

Who says publishing is a young person’s game? Here are an agent’s tips for writing and publishing well into your golden years.

By Scott Hoffman
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The Popular Fiction Report

What’s hot in Mystery/ Crime, Romance, Horror, Thriller/ Suspense and Science Fiction/ Fantasy? Find out in this comprehensive genre-by-genre market report.

PLUS: A breakdown of fiction sub-genres and their definitions. Read more

Dave Eggers Helps Sudanese Village With Novel

Telling the tale of a Sudanese refugee’s life in novel form gave literary darling Dave Eggers the challenge of a lifetime. Read more

Try, Try, Try Again 2

All of us experience failure and rejection. But often, those are the two things that push us to succeed. Read more

Go Your Own Way

Dave Eggers’ eclectic body of work serves as a testament to the value-and power-of staying true to your own voice. Read more

On the Edge: Fantastic Fiction

Despite the longevity of the fantastic in narrative form,
there’s long been a stigma against blending it with literary fiction. But recently, readers have been eager to read contemporary
fantastic literature—and publishers are taking note.
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Sunny Side Up

Read how Fannie Flagg, the gifted storyteller of the novels Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Café and A Redbird Christmas, stays relentlessly optimistic about writing feel-good fiction. Read more

The WD Interview: Anna Quindlen: Balancing Act

As a full-time novelist and part-time columnist, Anna Quindlen’s writing career is a study in symmetry. Read more

5 Tips To Polish Your Fiction

5 Tips To Polish Your Fiction Read more

The 10 Commandments of Fiction Writing

Guide your writing ways with these 10 rules thou must not break.

by Raymond Obstfeld
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Found in Translation

Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk and other successful authors talk about the art of working with translators to make their prose sing in any language. Read more

The Silent Type

Can a writer who just wants to be left alone to write make it in today’s extroverted publishing world? Enter 24-year-old James Boice, who may just be the answer to that question. Read more

Unlocking the Door

Margaret Atwood expounds on finding your voice, the beauty of multitasking and what “chick lit” may have in common with Dracula and Frankenstein. Read more

Alexandra Styron: A Fiction Legacy

Alexandra Styron, author of All the Finest Girls, daughter of Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Styron and accomplished poet, Rose Styron, talks with Writer’s Digest about how writing a book takes conviction, strength of character and an inner belief in your abilitieseven if your last name is Styron. Read more

Writing a Literary Masterpiece: The Quick and Easy Way to Heaven

Writing a Literary Masterpiece: The Quick and Easy Way to Heaven Read more

An Interview With Hemingway

In December 1964, Edward Stafford provided Writer’s Digest with an interview conducted with Ernest Hemingway shortly before the author’s death in 1961. It’s excerpted here for the first time in more than 40 years. Please note that the excerpt has been abridged due to space considerations. Read more

Dissecting the Short Story: In Class with T.C. Boyle

Dissecting the Short Story: In Class with T.C. Boyle Read more

THE WD INTERVIEW: Chuck Palahniuk: Shock And Awe

Cult author Chuck Palahniuk continues to push literary boundaries in strange—even forbidding—territories. Find out what compels this seemingly mild-mannered author of novels like Read more

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